Nearly all of the movie’s action scenes follow suit of any standard Hollywood piece of trash, meaning close-up and quick-cut fist fights, lame shoot-outs where the heroes are invulnerable to bullets, as well as pretty much every other action cliché you can think of. Because of this, I was particularly pleased when a few really cool action scenes were thrown our way. They were too few and far between, but when they finally managed to surface, they left with a bang. The score also helped jazz things up a bit.
What’s really odd about this flick is that technically, it’s very well made and structured, despite being laughably ridiculous and overly long. Many of the movie’s scenes are highly stylized, and admittedly look pretty cool, but it doesn’t really amount to much when everything just feels like it’s been done before, and much better at that. However, if you’re the type of person who doesn’t care how standard a movie is, or how completely inane and unbelievable the plot is, then maybe SAHARA is for you. If nothing else, you have Zahn to enjoy, and some decent action scenes too. Then again, you probably won’t miss much if you skip it.
Commentary (with director Breck Eisner): Surprisingly, this is a very good listen. Eisner details every interesting aspect of the movie, and overall delivers a satisfying commentary. It’s very technical, which is good because a much more laid back commentary is also given.
Commentary (with Eisner and McConaughey): I would have much preferred a commentary with Steve Zahn included, but hey – what are ya gonna do? The two speakers chat it up in this light, semi-informative commentary. It’s not nearly as technical as the previous one, but does deliver some insightful discussion worth listening to.
Across the Sands of Sahara (15:01): This is your standard “praise-fest”, which although has some nice behind-the-scenes footage and interviews, never really taught me anything I didn’t already know, except for maybe that WAY to much effort was put into this flick.
Visualizing Sahara (20:07): Here we have a very interesting piece with information of everything from the basic look of the film, to the visual effects, to the clothing, and so on. Worth checking out.
Cast and Crew Wrap Film (9:45): Think of this like a MTV-style video slideshow of various behind-the-scenes antics of the cast and crew. It doesn’t show anything of interest, so it finished with me thinking, “What the shit was that?”
Deleted Scenes (4:52 – with optional commentary): There are four of them. The scenes are basically a minor subplot about the plane, and Zahn being funny. I was mainly surprised to find (in the commentary) the director talking about cutting some of Zahn’s stuff to keep the pacing of the film up, when I personally thought the first half of the movie just kept repeating itself and deserved some cutting. More of Zahn would’ve just made the movie better, not worse.
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